Special enrollment periods open for the Healthcare Marketplace
The Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment period ended March 31, but people with some special life events can still enroll.
Some of the life events that qualify for a special enrollment period are: birth or adoption of a child, marriage or divorce, involuntary loss of employer coverage, moving out of your plan's service area, loss of Medicaid or CHIP coverage, and others.
Consumers who are currently enrolled in COBRA continuation, a health insurance plan which allows an employee who leaves a company to continue to be covered under the company's health plan, for a certain time period and under certain conditions, have the option of switching to a Marketplace plan between now and July 1, 2014.
After July 1, consumers enrolled in COBRA must wait until the next open enrollment period, or until their COBRA benefits run out, to switch to a Marketplace plan.
Persons who feel they qualify for a special enrollment period or are currently enrolled in COBRA and want to switch to a Marketplace plan, can get help from an AACOG Navigator by calling 210-362-5254 or 1-800-960-5201. Navigators can assist with contacting the Marketplace and applying for coverage.
Consumers also have the option of calling the Marketplace directly at 1-800-318-2596. When they call, they must inform the Call Center of the situation they believe qualifies them for a special election period.